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A dish of potatoes stewed in a pot.
- ‘One of the best ways to cook them is in stovies - that heart-warming dish made from four simple ingredients - potatoes, onions, dripping and stock or leftover gravy.’
- ‘It looked like watery stovies and a forensic examination detected only potatoes, salt cod and a green herb.’
- ‘Longer nights mean the chance to cosy up to some hearty home-cooking, so give the frozen pizza a miss and sit down to Scotch broth and stovies or haggis and clapshot.’
- ‘There's a well-known tale of a pub in Dundee, famed for its stovies, which reluctantly capitulated to fashion by offering a low-calorie special, of stovies with crispbread.’
- ‘The steak arrived in a bowl of Scottish stovies, which were navvie-pleasingly hearty but limply flavoured.’
- ‘Well, there is also a risotto of wild woodland mushrooms, an asparagus soup or a fillet of Scotch beef with wild mushrooms, stovies, caramelised onions and mustard sauce.’
Late 19th century: from Scots stove ‘stew meat or vegetables’, perhaps partly from Dutch stoven.
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